“Painting is a deeply personal process of exorcising the subconscious,” Laurie Maves states. “Specifically the Mixed Media Series ‘Prayers for 2020,’ for me is not only a necessary process that supports continued mental health, it helps me visualize my own spirituality, as well as define a space for prayer and meditation during this most difficult year of pandemic and social unrest.” Maves’ paintings constantly explore a revolving communication of intuitive information, with themes of mortality’s intersection with divinity. Visually reminiscent of a possible zen marriage of Joan Mitchell and Clyfford Still, her large scale mixed media works transmit a cryptic sort of language via fields of color and mark making of varied spontaneity, size, and frequency. Her free form application of oil and acrylic paints, oil and chalk pastels, china markers and graphite, allows for the development of an oftentimes raw yet authentic dialogue of the collective unconscious. The viewer is left to translate and be immersed in the fields she creates.